Episode 241: The Past Looms Large
This week, Josh and Dietrich explore the pitfalls and challenges of opening up those old classics, particularly when those books delve into issues that are far more uncomfortable now. Does the excuse that a book is simply a product of its time excuse racism, sexism, homophobia, and more? Do people have the right to dismiss a book because of the subject matter, or should we give these classics the benefit of the doubt? In addition, they look at the challenge faced by modern authors writing historical characters, and whether those authors bear the responsibility of distancing themselves from their character's reprehensible and offensive behaviors. It's not an easy topic, with few simple answers. In addition, Dietrich decides to give audio books a fair shake this year, Josh wraps up the beautiful and brilliant trilogy by Katherine Arden, and they bring the week to a close by discussing one of the best comedies on television, a film that highlights the various talents and styles of the legendary Coen Brothers, and Dietrich's adventures at Hogwarts. You can send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.